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  • The price of corruption is coming home

    Every ‘larger than life’ figure has its trademark. With Konrad Mizzi, it’s redacted contracts and complex webs of offshore companies. With Joseph Muscat — a smaller than average man with a larger than life ego — it’s arrogance paired with insatiable greed, and with the sort of shamelessness that won’t let the chance of a dirty […] More

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  • Scandal games for quarantined kids

    Social distancing, shop closures, and work from home have become the new normal as the COVID-19 pandemic gives those who keep birds in tiny cages a taste of their own medicine. The Shift is looking out for you in this time of seclusion — especially those readers with busy children who need distraction, entertainment, and […] More

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  • Would the last foreigner leaving Malta please turn out the lights?

    Silvio Schembri sparked a wave of outrage this week when he slagged off the foreign workers who have done so much to produce Malta’s recent prosperity.  A pestilence is sweeping the globe, and the under-qualified over-promoted opportunists weighing down Robert Abela’s bloated Cabinet have regressed to knee-jerk amoral familism. “Charity begins at home,” Schembri said, […] More

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  • No one believes Malta anymore

    You know this isn’t working anymore, don’t you? No one believes Malta’s excuses. At least, not outside the island. I’m referring to that pathetic schoolboy ruse where Maltese politicians get caught for something and then pretend to be sorry. Okay, it’s much less common than ‘The other side did it, too! Why are you picking […] More

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  • Miriam Pace didn’t deserve to die like this

    The latest building collapse in Santa Venera is a graphic depiction of the rule of law in Malta. When homes collapsed last year in Gwardamangia, Hamrun and Mellieħa due to total incompetence and greed, everyone shrugged their shoulders and said, “Madonna! What happened? Thanks God no one was killed.” Joseph Muscat ordered demolition and excavation […] More

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  • Not a gangster film — it just looks like one

    Is there a single sector in Malta that isn’t rotten with corruption? Film Commissioner Johann Grech is the latest former Labour Party employee to be exposed for using his position to benefit friends of friends at the expense of everyone else. Before he took over as Film Commissioner, Grech was Head of Government Marketing within […] More

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  • Throwing cash at the scam of the two-headed man

    Steward Healthcare wants more money from you. They’re also playing the victim because they have to sort out the accounting mess of the concession they took over for a princely €1. We’ve all heard by now how Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) left some €36 million in debt, despite soaking up millions of euro in taxpayer […] More

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  • Michael Farrugia missed the memo

    When someone asks whether you’re going to accept responsibility for something and resign, it isn’t exactly a question. No, it’s like when your mother shoves an elbow in your ribs and says, “Aren’t you going to thank Aunt Beatrice for the lovely socks?” They’re saying it because they’re wondering why you’re still around. Now, I […] More

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  • A corrupting island in a corrupting sea

    Malta may not be a Mafia State after all. But don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. A new study by Luca Raineri of the Department of Law and Politics at the Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa describes it instead as “a corrupting island in a corrupting sea”. And that’s much […] More

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  • Maltese courts are a continental embarrassment

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) routinely trashes judgments made by Maltese courts.  But where libel suits are concerned, Malta has a perfect record. Or rather, a record of perfect failures. Former European Court of Human Rights Judge Giovanni Bonello examined judgments by Maltese courts, where the libel case in question eventually reached the […] More

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  • Well that didn’t last very long, did it?

    Robert Abela cast a faint glow of hope during the first week of his tenure by taking some inevitable — and largely unavoidable — decisions. He cut a few of the indefensible loose, like the inept police commissioner and that bottom feeder Neville Gafa. But to spin this as a sign of progress is disingenuous because the […] More

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  • You’re about to reap what Joseph Muscat sowed

    If you want to know the truth, read the financial press. My thesis advisor at university said that and it always stuck with me. His point was that Canada’s two national newspapers came from opposite sides of the political spectrum, and so their views would be filtered through that lens. But he wasn’t implying they […] More

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